A new national database that matches students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities available in their local region is open for business.
“The STARportal allows Territory students, parents and teachers to go online and connect with STEM events here in the NT such as workshops, educational programmes and online competitions,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
“The STARportal is accessible from anywhere, is completely free, and makes it easier for students to engage in STEM activities.
“The STARportal is a site dedicated to STEM activities that will be a useful tool to inspire the Territory’s next generation of scientists, inventors and researchers.
“Nurturing the STEM skills of the next generation is vital to the Northern Territory’s prosperity, given 75 per cent of future jobs are expected to require STEM expertise.”
The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos, launched the STARportal with Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, and Engineers Australia CEO, Mr Peter McIntyre, in Parliament House as part of National Science Week.
“The Coalition Government invested $275,000 in the STARportal that has been developed by the Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineers Australia. The portal has the backing of some of Australia’s largest employers, including the BHP Billiton Foundation, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra, which are founding partners along with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute,” Senator Scullion said.
“It is pleasing to see this successful collaboration between government and non-government organisations and major businesses promoting STEM opportunities.
“For providers of STEM activities, the STARportal offers a free service to promote their events and directs users to their websites.”
The STARportal can be found at: www.starportal.edu.au